Braden Foster / Staff
Counselors can use public parks for free during business. Matt Lowry has urged his colleagues to relinquish their privileges.
A Nelson City Councilor has cut off his free parking card to help get away from cars, and is encouraging others to do the same.
Counselors can show free parking cards during business. It is not for personal use.
Councilor Matt Lowry said he was “anxious” about the option, especially as the council was encouraging a change in transport mode.
He said the mood shift was encouraging people to get out of their vehicles to reduce congestion, emissions and road costs. … Free parking does the opposite. It encourages people to drive and discourages them from taking active and public transport.
He posted his position on Facebook that he was cutting cards with him.
Councilor Rohan O’Neill Stevens took the lead.
“It’s always been a privilege that I felt hurt about and avoided using,” he said.
“It sets us apart from any other city center worker, and sets us apart from the parking rules.”
Councilor Gail Noonan said she usually went to the council because she lived nearby. In her eight years on the council, she thought she might have used free parking twice “because it was raining” and had papers for meetings.
She said she would keep her card for emergencies, and while she supported Lori’s right not to use it, she was not going to join the councilors in demanding his resignation.
“I don’t want to tell other people what to do. There are a lot of things going on – I think there are other things to worry about right now.
“I let people make that choice.”
Councilor Rachel Sanson joined Lorry in cutting her parking card, but said that since her main means of transportation was a motorcycle, it was not a significant sacrifice for her.
“We need to move on. I’m not even sure I’ve used it once this year, but I’m still happy to cut it – it just takes away the temptation.”
Councilor Trudeau Brand said she did not consider the issue too much, as she spent most of the day in council or carpooling, but she would keep it in an emergency.
Councilor Pat Renے also said he usually went to council, but Lori’s public defeat made him more aware of his choice.
“I think that’s probably the right thing to do, actually supporting the modal shift.
“I have no problem with the councilors taking a principled stand on anything. It actually made me think that I would go too far, so it had the desired effect.
Councilor Mel Courtney said the council had “a challenge with parking”, but said it was more concerned about how the public could afford more parking than councilors who use free parking tickets for the counseling business. Are using
The information we get from our new machines tells us that only 18% of users use them for more than an hour … we need to encourage more [than that] To stay longer “